Villagers protest after bus service to city axed

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RESIDENTS of a Peak District village are protesting at changes to buses which will see a commuter service to Sheffield axed at the end of this month.

The 51A runs from Castleton into Sheffield via Bamford village, Ladybower and Broomhill and is one of only a few direct services from Bamford to Sheffield each day.

More regular services run on the main road through the Hope Valley but are a mile from Bamford village centre.

The railway station is a similar distance away.

Serys O’Connor, of Ashopton Road, Bamford, said: “I cannot afford to run a car and only moved to this property after ensuring there was a suitable bus service to and from Broomhill, where I work.”

She added: “The route will now only be served by the earlier running of an extension to a school bus, which will get me to work more than an hour early each morning, when my office doesn’t open until 9am.”

Demelza Whitbread, who lives on Main Road, Bamford, said: “I have a young family so only work two days a week in Sheffield. I do not want to run a car due to costs and environmental reasons.

“I am also unable to get the new earlier bus at 7.20am as I am unable and unwilling to leave my daughter at the child minder before 7am, as well as standing outside my work before it is open.”

A Derbyshire County Council spokeswoman said the changes saved ‘significant sums of money’.

She said: “Supporting the two daily 51A journeys alone was costing the council £19,000 a year, which on average carried 19 passengers per journey.

“Analysis of passenger use showed many of these travellers already had alternative options, such as service 272.”

She said the new Bamford to Sheffield 274 service arrived in Sheffield just before 8am instead of 8.30am.

The new timetable starts from October 30.